LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal officials say the helicopter carrying former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land. The officials added that it’s not clear it would have averted Sunday’s crash because he may have lost control as the aircraft plunged into a fog-shrouded mountain. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed when the helicopter crashed about 30 miles from Los Angeles.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fourth seed Simona Halep and unseeded Garbiñe Muguruza will square off in one of the two Australian Open women’s semifinals. Halep advanced by completing a 6-1, 6-1 dismantling of Anett Kontaveit in just 53 minutes. Muguruza took a little more than 90 minutes to eliminate No. 30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5, 6-3.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) has reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career by eliminating three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 at Melbourne Park. Roger Federer has been fined $3,000 for cursing during his quarterfinal victory. He had argued with the chair umpire after being warned for an audible obscenity during the third set of what became a five-set win over Tennys Sandgren.
HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker and the Houston Astros are working to finalize an agreement that would make him the team’s manager, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. Baker would take over for AJ Hinch, who was fired Jan. 13 just an hour after he was suspended for the season by Major League Baseball for his role in Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. The 70-year-old Baker has managed San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati and Washington, winning 1,863 games in 22 seasons and earning three NL Manager of the Year awards.
BOSTON (AP) — First baseman Mitch Moreland is staying with the Boston Red Sox after accepting a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $3 million, including a $500,000 buyout for 2021. The 34-year-old hit .252 with 19 homers and 58 RBIs in 91 games last year, going on the injured list for a strained lower back and a strained right quadriceps. Moreland has spent 10 seasons in the majors, batting .251 with 166 home runs, 559 RBIs and a .444 slugging average.